In My Mailbox

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This week I received

My repaired/ (I suspect) replaced Kobo! Yay, now I can get back to reading the digital ARCs I have been e-mailed. Since the machine is brand new or wiped of memory lost everything from NetGalley that is now expired in my digital editions. No hassles from Kobo about getting a new one and it was much faster than I expected.

Sorry to the authors who sent me works that I didn’t get to read or review, I hope this Kobo will work smoothly and I will get caught up on the reviews I can still do.

I also received an ARC of Wildefire by Karsten Knight from Simon & Schuster Canada (Canada Post forgot to give me the pick up slip so it may have been there for a long time)

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The PDF problem

I’m having a really hard time getting into any of the books I’m reading in PDF format on my Kobo.

ePub is just like reading a real book no matter what size I make the text (I have bad eyes so I like 150% zoom), you just press up and down to adjust the zoom and right and left to turn pages. Simple and not distracting. I love it, I forget I don’t have a physical book, I only focus on the story.

PDFs are making very aware of the medium I’m reading them on.

  • I can have the text way too small and struggle to keep it straight what line I’m on

 

  • OR I attempt to zoom and get this:

 

 When it’s like this I need to click right to see the end of a line then click left to see the beginning of the next line, click down to scroll down the page, do more right and left navigating, and then often accidentally flip the page a bit too early.

This is immensely distracting and frustrating. I can’t stand it! So I go back to reading the really small print, often with big margins wasting space and can’t keep this up long without straining my eyes.

All of the books I’ve purchased have been ePub but most digital ARCs seem to come in PDF. I will never buy PDF unless this issue is resolved, and I will be more hesitant to accept digital ARCS.

 Am I being overly fussy? Does this bother anyone else?

Kobo First Impressions

me&kobo
I show off my new Kobo

My favourite Christmas gift of the year = Kobo. I barely put it down all day.

 
What I love so far:
  • it’s light and small enough to carry in my purse, much easier than lugging a pile of books when I know I’ll have lots of time to kill
  • it holds a ton of books, came with 100 already built-in
  • it’s compatible with the library, being able to borrow books is very important to me
  • Being able to zoom in and out easily
  • That it remembers where I left off
  • That it shows the cover art when I put it in sleep
  • the table of contents and being able to skip by chapter
  • built-in dictionary
 
What I wish it had but doesn’t seem to:
  • Way to bookmark, highlight or flag multiple spots in the text, I like to mark where quotes are so I can go back when I write a review or something
  • colour cover art, I love covers
  • a notepad feature, nothing fancy just basic text
  • a personalized home page thingy, where I put in my name and decorate my shelf with my favourites
  • more magazines and comic book serials available for subscriptions
  • Internet access beyond the Kobo store

I know Sony has a lot of these features but it’s pricier and really they are extras I don’t NEED. I love my Kobo so far so don’t be too sad about this list

 How it will change my reading habits:
 
I still plan to read good old-fashioned books on a regular basis. I love the look and feel of hardcovers and the comfortable flipping of pages with paperbacks. I like the smell, the covers, the feel in my hands…..I’m not by any means giving up print!
 
I will use my Kobo when:
  • I travel (which will hopefully be a lot)
  • I read on my lunch break at work, bringing books back and forth is getting tedious and seems silly since I’m in a library full of books.
  • I read in a waiting room, I go to the doctors way too much and I hate lugging a book around when I’m sick and finishing a book in the waiting room the first time then having nothing to do when I get sent to a new waiting room to get tests done.
  • On the bus if I ever live in a place with decent transit again, man I miss Ottawa!
  • occasionally at home, especially if I’m addicted to a particular book I’m reading on it
  • If I’m too lazy to walk to the mall and to impatient to wait until the next workday to borrow a print book

I will still use print:

  • In bed
  • On the couch
  • On the beach
  • In the bathtub on the rare occasion I opt for a bath rather than shower
  • For my favourite books and those whose covers I adore
  • For most graphic novels because colour is key
  • For picture books
 The Kindle conundrum:
Several friends received Kindles for Christmas only to discover uh oh doesn’t work with the library! I know I advised a lot of patrons to check out what devices were compatible with Library To Go or told them about the ones I knew and warned about Kindle. The thing is while the Kindle seems awesome otherwise it is very limited in where you can get your reading material. I don’t like being limited to one source so I’m very happy my bro got me a Kobo!
 
So library users beware, Kindle does not allow you to borrow from us! 
 
Accesorizing my Kobo:
 The booklike cover I got from The Source is classy but cute. It protects my Kobo from the hazards of my purse, backpack, desk ect. It has handy pouches for SD cards and business cards or my library card. They think of everything. Doesn’t have the fancy built-in light my friend’s has, but I’m not rich.
 
 The Skin I bought for the Kobo is whimsical. It features a shelf of old-school books that is inhabited by little elves, trolls and animals. Super cute if I do say so myself.
 
 

In My Mailbox aka Under My Tree

IMM is a meme started by the Story Siren it gives me an excuse to show off books and shiny new toys that I’ve gotten.

mailbox with a Santa hat

 This week I picked up some library books for the road, and by road I mean air since I wanted reading material for the plane ride home.

Library Books

Christmas Gift from my Brother

 

That’s right! I got a Kobo for Christmas!!!! My little brother is the bestest. My Kobo came with 101 books, mostly classics that I heard about a lot doing my English degree but never got around to reading myself. Now I will, and next time I travel I won’t have to break my back carrying heavy books in my purse (ya I was lopsided it was so heavy).

So far I LOVE my Kobo and everyone teased me because I didn’t put it down most of yesterday 🙂 I will be reviewing some e-books and talking about my adjustment to the format change soon.

Purchased

I don’t have much time to read this week but loooove what’s in my mailbox